Start Over & Rebuild

Clarity, Free Spirit, Gentle Change, Meditation, Minimalism, Minimalist, Simple Life, Simplicity, Sugar-Free Recipes

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Life’s experiences, choices, and decisions all have a way of compacting over time. One decision leads to the next, and so forth. It can become really heavy with time if we do not let go of some of the past, so that way we may grow and adapt as we age.

Some choices in letting go may bring up a tinge of guilt; perhaps you feel obligated to hang on to a relationship or item just because you spent time or money on it at some point. But, if you are in a rut, or are feeling weighed down by life in general, it may be time to let it go.

If something or someone is holding you back and no longer serving you, it’s OK to start over and begin anew. That is the beauty of growing, adapting, and changing. It is totally natural to begin fresh.

If you have met your match and feel like you are carrying the world on your shoulders, it may be time to shake it up a bit.

How to let go and start fresh

  1. Meditate: I’m not talking about sitting on a pillow with incense. I’m talking about getting some time to yourself to really inspect your insides and heart. You need to calm the outside world and internal noise long enough to really admit where you are and what you would like to change. This doesn’t have to happen in one day. As a matter of fact, it may take a really long time. But, if you are wanting the weight of the world lifted, you must put yourself first for a while and get clear on your mission.

2. Be Honest: Admit that you are not on the path you would like to be on. It’s OK, we all have been there a million times. Just because we are on one path doesn’t mean we have to stick with it if it’s no longer doing any good. Admitting that you are not happy with your current state is the best way to motivate change.

3. Dream: Having hopes and dreams can get lost in the chaos of a busy life. We get in that rut or that grind for so long taking care of families, jobs, chores, and children until we are buried under the dirt. It’s time to dig out and dig out fast. Give yourself permission to dream of where you want to be. It is reality that you can be that person if you begin dreaming again. Start a dream board, star gaze, focus on your desires with absolutely no guilt whatsoever for a change.

4. Start: Perhaps the scariest step of all, but when you get clear on the path you want to explore, and let go of extra baggage weighing you down – start. It doesn’t matter where you start because there is no perfect solution. Once you begin and have success, you may tackle the next obstacle.

5. Journey: Change doesn’t have to be drudgery. Plan to set yourself up for success. Start a blog or journal. Invite creative vibes and exploration in your journey. Call it an experiment. Write a book. You are free to change as many times as you wish. Welcome failure, that’s where you learn the most. And if you do fail (and probably will), keep going. Your only competition is YOU. The one looking back in the mirror. It’s not your friends, spouse, parents, or children competing with you. You owe it to yourself to have a little fun in life and be that person you want to be.

I wanted to talk about this because I have attempted change a million times in the past and failed. Then I let guilt get to me. I felt like I was letting everyone down. But, with a little grace and practice mixed with some perseverance and humor, change can be welcomed and fun. Life doesn’t always have to be so serious.

So, if you were wanting to make a change today – you know, that little voice that is saying disappointing things in  your ear all day every day? Tell it to hush and get to work.

It’s a new day, today. Seize it. And you know what? Tomorrow will be a fresh start too. That is the biggest gift of sunrise. A new day to change, make a difference, to love, and to enjoy. And when you lie down at night, take a breath, let it all go and start again tomorrow.

Why I’m Eating Hemp Hearts

Hippy Life, Minimalism, Natural Beauty, Simplicity, Sugar-Free Recipes

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Diet, nutrition, and food is always a hot topic. Don’t we all want to be healthy, reduce our grocery bill, and lose guilt associated with over-indulgence?

One of my focuses on my minimalist journey is to do just that:

  • Feel Better
  • Lose Weight
  • Reduce Waste
  • Simplify Cooking
  • Spend Less on Food

I’m heading in the right direction by changing a few of my daily eating and exercise habit. Mainly, I have made it a priority.

My lunch, especially, has been simplified. I eat the same thing every, single day. Eating out is no longer an option. This reduces the temptation to eat fast food and spend excess money. It has also been the number one factor in my weight loss.

I have stumbled across my new fav addition for lunch/snack that I wanted to tell you about.

It’s Hemp Hearts and it’s a superfood.

A hemp heart is the edible inside of a hemp seed and has numerous nutritional benefits:

  • A complete protein
  • Contain the essential fatty acids omega 6 and omega 3
  • Good source of both soluble and insoluble fiber
  • Packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E
  • High in minerals, calcium, and iron
  • Has 25 percent protein, 35 percent fatty acids and 27 percent carbohydrates (primarily fiber)
  • Include more protein and omegas and less carbs than the same serving of chia or flax

That’s just the nutritional side, but my favorite:

They have been shown to increase levels of energy without other stimulants like caffeine and sugar. They are a healthy addition to a weight loss plan since they provide essential nutrients such as protein, essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals without adding an excess of calories, starches and sugars. The weight lost with the assistance of hemp hearts is unlikely to be regained, because it is a daily dietary adjustment rather than a temporary fix.

And how cool is this:

The balance of essential fatty acids paired with the complete protein found in hemp hearts promotes cellular recovery and development. Hemp’s unique fatty acid composition and balance can have significant impact on inflammatory processes and cell membrane activities, which are the foundation of numerous chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, neurodegenerative disorders, hypersensitivities and auto-immune conditions.

And directly relating to my proneness to bacterial infections:

The high concentration of essential fatty acids found in hemp seeds also supports the transportation of oxygen to cells throughout the body. The presence of oxygen in cell membranes helps to block viruses, fungi and bacteria.

Some other noted info:

  • Minimum of 4 tablespoons recommended per day: eating them straight from the bag or as a topper for salads, cereal or yogurt. Add into smoothies and other recipes for an added punch
  • Eat them raw, they lose nutritional value once cooked
  • They are not marijuana because it doesn’t contain high levels of THC

I found a pack at my local TJMAXX. They have odd food items that I can’t find in stores and I’m always on the search for new low carb items to try. Once I cam across this bag of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts {raw shelled hemp seeds} I knew it was worth a taste.

They are delicious. Very earthy tasting, satisfying, and natural. I eat them straight out of the bag at work and it makes me full enough not to indulge in unhealthy foods. They remind me of sunflower seeds with less salt and a finer texture. I will continue eating these on a daily basis, although I will have to order online because I’ve never found them in regular grocery food chains (however, they are at Whole Foods but it’s just not convenient for me to go). That’s fine, because I love them and have lost 2lbs since eating them a few days ago!

Woot.

If you are looking for something new, you may want to try. I must also add that I in no way, shape or form am pro-marijuana/drug use.

DIY Sugar-Free Coffee Creamer: Coconut & Chocolate

Sugar-Free Recipes

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I am obsessed with coffee. Which also means I am obsessed with creamer. Like, I go through 2 bottles of store-bought creamers a week. One at home, one at the office. No apologies here, just a confession.

Also, I limit sugar in my diet to dang near zilch because I keep my carbs low. I fuel up on meats, veggies, fake sugars and coffee. May I insert here that I am soon to be on a search to a more natural sugar that works for me, but until then: Splenda.

Because I thrive on so much coffee and creamer, I end up feeling a little sicky mid-day because of the creamer. I know, it’s weird, but it happens.

I wanted to create my own version of coffee creamer using something a little more lighter and a sugar-free or minimal sugar recipe that I can make my own flavors. Currently in store there is French Vanilla and Itialian Sweet Cream that’s easily available and they are both played out.

My attempt was a success! I would like to share this recipe should you be interested in:

  • More sugar-free options
  • Not-so-heavy
  • Saving money

Here’s the ingredients and the how-to:

Coconut&Chocolate Coffee Creamer

Put in blender until mixed and store in a mason jar {or any other jar you wish}. I also labeled my mason jars and put the expiration date which, is about a month away so I’m good-to-go.

It was really delicious! What I’m loving most about the base {coconut or almond milk + heavy whipping cream} is that you can add whatever flavors tickle your fancy.

I’m thinking ingredients like these for the future:

  • Cinnamon
  • Chocolate Mint (sugar-free candies)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Nutmeg
  • Peppermint
  • Caramel
  • Banana Extract

And the list rolls on. It really opens up the taste-buds and allows creativity where store-bought is limited.

Titles like:

  • Banana Nut
  • Cinnabun
  • Cocoa Mint
  • Peppermint Mocha
  • Christmas Spirit
  • Chunk-o-chocolate
  • Vanilla Bean Cream
  • Butter Pecan
  • Coconut Summer Breeze

are making my mouth water! I’m so ecstatic to have a cost efficient delicious, homemade creamer that works for me. So easy to make, too!